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Kennedy Trail - Saguaro NP, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 0.43 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,723 feet
Elevation Gain 39 feet
Accumulated Gain 44 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.58
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Shantz Trail - Saguaro NP
Author keepmoving
author avatar Guides 34
Routes 244
Photos 2,158
Trips 579 map ( 4,471 miles )
Age 34 Male Gender
Location Portland, OR
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → Any
Seasons   Early Autumn to Early Summer
Sun  5:35am - 7:23pm
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Straight South
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Overview: Kennedy Trail connects Shantz Trail on its northern end to Squeeze Pen & Vanover Trail at its southern terminus. Along the way it also passes an intersection with the Creosote Trail. Similar to some of the other nearby trails in SNP East, Kennedy Trail isn't much of a destination to visit on its own and is best used in conjunction with other trails to form your own unique route through the desert.

Hike: From Shantz Trail, follow Kennedy as it heads directly south through the desert. In several places the trail will dip down into washes and climb back out the other side. As you move in and out of these washes you can clearly see where the rain runoff has dug deep gouges in the dirt parallel to the trail. At 0.2 miles you will encounter a junction for Creosote Trail on your left.

Past Creosote Trail, Kennedy will continue to gradually gain elevation. At 0.43 miles you will reach the junction with Squeeze Pen & Vanover Trail. The junction seems to have been chosen at a seemingly arbitrary location, as Squeeze Pen continues to head south along the exact same course as Kennedy Trail for another 100 yards before it begins to gradually curve westward towards Loma Verde Trail.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Saguaro National Park
2020 $25 vehicle • $20 motorcycle • $15 individual on foot or bicycle
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Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To Douglas Spring Trailhead
From I-10 & Speedway Blvd exit #257, travel East on Speedway Blvd 17.4 miles to the trailhead.

The final major crossroad will be Freeman and "Dead End" signs will begin to appear. The trailhead is a small parking area with a picnic able and ample signage at the dead end of Speedway.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 129 mi - about 2 hours 17 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 19.4 mi - about 41 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 272 mi - about 4 hours 23 mins
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